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3 years 9 months ago

Beach garbage recycled as vacuum cleaners

HONOLULU - There's a story behind the blue, white and green plastic covering the surface of the Pacific Ocean vacuum cleaner. They're tiny bits of plastic collected from one of Hawaii's dirtiest beaches, Kahuku, where waves dump trash from the Pacific all day long. The machine made by Electrolux...

3 years 10 months ago

New hurricane forms in the Atlantic

Hurricane Julia has formed far out over the Atlantic, becoming the fifth hurricane of the season. Julia has maximum sustained winds Tuesday near 75 mph with some additional strengthening expected during the next day or so. The hurricane is located about 330 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands...

3 years 11 months ago

Hurricane Danielle now a major storm

Forecasts say Hurricane Danielle has reached major hurricane status and keeps getting more dangerous. National Hurricane Center forecasters say Danielle is now a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 135 mph. Forecasters say swells churned up by Danielle could reach parts of the U.S. East Coast by...

3 years 11 months ago

Hurricane Danielle steers toward Bermuda

Hurricane Danielle is getting a little stronger in the open Atlantic as it heads toward Bermuda. Danielle's maximum sustained winds increased Thursday to 105 mph and additional strengthening is expected. Danielle is located about 860 miles southeast of Bermuda and moving northwest near 16 mph. Farther east in...

3 years 11 months ago

Hurricane Danielle gets a little stronger

Hurricane Danielle has strengthened a little as it swirls far out over the Atlantic. After unexpectedly losing strength Tuesday, Danielle's maximum sustained winds increased Wednesday to near 85 mph. Additional strengthening is expected over the next two days. The hurricane is located about 795 miles east of the...

4 years 3 weeks ago

East Coast in for another scorcher

Forecasters say the day after one of the hottest in decades in the Eastern U.S. won't be any more comfortable. More of the same is forecast today with temperatures in the 90s to 100 degrees or more. The temperature broke records yesterday in New York, where it hit 103,...

4 years 1 month ago

Fisherman blistered by mustard agent

A Massachusetts doctor treating a commercial fisherman who was sickened after his boat pulled up munitions tainted with chemicals says tests show he was exposed to mustard gas. Dr. Edward Boyer, a toxicologist at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Mass., says the man had painful blisters on an...

4 years 9 months ago

Samoa tsunamis obliterate some coral reefs

Scientists surveying American Samoa's coral reefs say Sept. 29's tsunami obliterated some corals and damaged others to the point that they may not recover. Researchers say more assessments will be needed to get a full sense of how the disaster affected coral in the U.S. territory. But in at...

4 years 10 months ago

World's oceans warmest on record this summer

Sea-surface temperatures worldwide have been the hottest on record over the last three months, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Ocean temperatures averaged 62.5 degrees Fahrenheit in the June-August period, 1 degree higher than normal. Last month also saw the warmest August sea-surface temperatures on record...

4 years 10 months ago

Tropical storm off Mexico not likely to grow

Forecasters don't expect a significant change in strength for Tropical Storm Marty on Thursday as it swirls in the Pacific off Mexico's coast. Marty's maximum sustained winds were near 45 mph Thursday morning. The tropical storm, which formed on Wednesday, is centered about 300 miles southwest of the...

4 years 10 months ago

Tropical depression forms off Mexico's coast

Forecasters say a tropical depression has formed in the Pacific, off Mexico's western coast. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the depression could reach tropical storm strength sometime Wednesday. The center of the system is located about 340 miles south-southwest of Cabo San Lucas and moving north-northwest...

4 years 10 months ago

Search for killer sharks off Massachusetts coast

Beaches in Chatham, Massachusetts could reopen today after several shark sightings last week. Sharks first landed on the beach patrol's radar screen Thursday, when state Division of Marine Services biologists identified five large sharks, possibly great whites in the area. On saturday officials raised the red no-swimming flags. They...

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